Washington, DC – This weekend, the country’s largest gathering of women’s health physicians kicks off a busy meeting at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center, as more than 5,000 attendees are expected at the 2016 Annual Clinical and Scientific meeting of the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG). The 64th annual meeting continues through Tuesday, May 17.
This year’s theme, “Take Charge of Health Care,” is a call to action for ob-gyns, who are in fact the primary point of medical care for most American women.
“This theme is especially appropriate given our location this year in the Nation’s Capital,” said Mark S. DeFrancesco, MD, MBA, President of ACOG. “Despite our ongoing commitment to evidence-based care and the needs of our individual patients, our specialty is often under siege and is frequently impacted by regulation and politics. We need to once again take charge of health care in order to provide better care for the women we treat, and once again regain the joy of being an ob-gyn.”
Reflecting this theme, this year’s President’s Program includes three outstanding and very topical presentations: “The Four Horsemen of the Medical System Apocalypse” by Owen Korn, MD (the Hale Lecture); “Trafficking and Misogyny” by Erin Tracy, MD (the Anna Marie D’Amico Lecture); and “The Power of One” by Balazs Bodai, MD (the Jim and Midge Breeden Lecture).
Continuing on last year’s success, this year’s Annual Meeting is once again divided into daily themes that reflect the breadth of the practice of obstetrics and gynecology and the role of ob-gyn care throughout a woman’s life: Menopause (Saturday), Minimally Invasive Surgery (Sunday), High Risk Obstetrics (Monday), and Family Planning (Tuesday). However, with a broad range of topics in the field of women’s health, sessions are offered every day addressing a variety of content.
In addition, a record-breaking 546 unique posters will be presented, with an additional 26 papers being presented orally.
“The research presented at the Annual Meeting shows that women’s health professionals at all levels, from students to internationally acclaimed ob-gyns, are extremely committed to improving the care we provide for women,” said Dr. DeFrancesco. “From evaluating new concepts to demonstrating or questioning old ones, this year’s research is sure to inspire attendees.”
The meeting also includes one late-breaking colloquia addition in response to the ongoing Zika virus outbreak. Laura E. Riley, MD, the Director of Labor and Delivery and the Director of Obstetrics & Gynecology Infectious Diseases at Massachusetts General Hospital, and Denise Jamieson, MD, MPH, CAPT, USPHS, Co-Lead of the Pregnancy and Birth Defects Task Force for the Zika Virus Response at the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, will present “The Latest on the Zika Virus: Ob/Gyn Response in this World of Uncertainty.”
“Throughout the last few months, ACOG has worked closely with partner organizations and agencies, including the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, to learn as much as we can about Zika virus. Dr. Riley and Dr. Jamieson’s presentation will help attendees to navigate how to counsel patients, especially those who may have been exposed to the virus, and how to stay up-to-date with the latest information about Zika virus as it emerges,” Dr. DeFrancesco said.
The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (The College), a 501(c)(3) organization, is the nation’s leading group of physicians providing health care for women. As a private, voluntary, nonprofit membership organization of more than 57,000 members, The College strongly advocates for quality health care for women, maintains the highest standards of clinical practice and continuing education of its members, promotes patient education, and increases awareness among its members and the public of the changing issues facing women’s health care. The American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG), a 501(c)(6) organization, is its companion organization. www.acog.org